Category Archives: Hot weather gardening

Re-thinking Life during the Pandemic

Stay-at-home . . .


I listened anxiously a couple days ago as Arizona’s Governor Ducey extended the stay-at-home order for the Coronavirus pandemic through May 15. For the past 30 days, this has been a familiar piece of legislation limiting the number of people in a building, social distancing, and leaving home only for necessary items.

I’m 62-years old, and I’ve never seen anything like this. The past few months have been eye-opening. Certainly, I’m not the only person re-thinking life.

As a community of people, we tend to get stuck in everyday living—work, school, church, and friends, forgetting that life can turn on a dime for any number of reasons. A pandemic, war, or ecological collapse. “That is not possible,” we tell ourselves.

Now, we know it is.

So, what do we do about it? Continue reading Re-thinking Life during the Pandemic

Hot Garden Tips for Surviving 110 Degrees

Sunflower protecting young citrusA wide-brimmed garden hat shades my head, a soft bandana covers my neck, and sunblock protects my delicate skin. I water the garden and feed the goats and turkeys early in the morning while the sun barely peaks over the horizon. By the 9:00 am, it will be too hot to be outside.

Routine highs topping 110 degrees makes gardening in the low desert challenging—for me and also the poor plants. Continue reading Hot Garden Tips for Surviving 110 Degrees